I’ve been to several National Parks — growing up, we went on many family road trips — so, it is hard to believe I had never been to Yosemite National Park until yesterday… as it’s one of the closest to home.
This weekend I visited the boy, and we took a day trip to the infamous park; we’ve done a lot of hiking together, but nothing tops yesterday’s exploration.
We decided to do the Vernal Falls trail loop, which he has done a time or two before. It’s only three miles round-trip, but it is steep. Holy glute workout!
We took our time, as I stopped every 50 feet to snap a dozen photos… and catch my breath!
The scenery was breath-taking; I can’t imagine a prettier day of the year — 75F and bright sunshine (hindering better photos); yet, it was cool under the shadows of the granite peaks and golden leaves.
At the top of the falls, we ate our PB and honey sandwiches, carrot sticks, and satsuma mandarins before we descended down the dangerously steep rock stairs.
I didn’t want to leave Yosemite without getting a good view of the iconic Half Dome, so we headed to Sentinel Bridge/Cook’s Meadow for a peek.
We picked up a couple of kombuchas for our drive home… to a home-cooked meal and soothing jaccuzzi. Yes, best date ever… or at least it’s in the top five.
My happy hiking (and rock climbing) partner.
I couldn’t resist snapping a photo of this adorable, old couple helping each other with their iPad (and who also climbed to the top of the trail!).
Tell me this isn’t the cutest scene!?
Snack time at the top of the Vernal Falls Trail.
Yes, I wore the same top last weekend. #loveLulu
Two weeks ago, I was eating lobster ravioli and dancing the night away at a New York City wedding. Yesterday, I was hiking in California, engulfed by the beauty of one of our nation’s gemstones. #SOgrateful
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Have you ever been to Yosemite or any other national park(s)?